Best of 2009: Packaging

Best of 2009

Best Packaging. Did your headphones come in a sweet case? See a bottle of tea in another country that stood off the shelves?

I have not bought a singe gift bag, not one roll of wrapping paper, nor even just one gift bow in all my adult years.
Instead of wasting my hard-earned cash on frivolous shiny wrapping that is quickly discarded, I use recycled materials to wrap gifts.
When someone gives me a gift, I carefully open it in order to preserve the paper. Even small pieces can be reused to turn a plain paper bag into a festive, collage-style gift bag. Glitter, glue, stamps, paint and even pompoms and pipe cleaners, can be added to the blank side of cut and flattened brown paper bags to create one-of-a-kind wrapping paper.
Salvaged ribbons and bows make perfect recycled gift wrapping accessories, as do old buttons and lace from long retired linens.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.


  1. while I am guilty of Christmas paper, I don't wrap anything else in non-recycled materials.

    I especially love newspaper and brown paper bags! A friend uses old sheet music from when she owned a dancing school that had a live pianist for all the classes.

  2. i use newspaper expecially the comic part is fantastic for wrapping. and i use raffia which is reusable...yay for recycling.

  3. Glad you like the necklace- I am a Taurus too :)


  4. I buy mine at yard sales and thrift stores - a kind of recycling. I saw someone use tape from reel-to-reel or cassettes - fabulous!